Location, Telephone & Internet
Office Phone Housing Office at 39 Fraser Court: 705-739-0485
Toll Free Phone 1-833-726-9082
Website https://empowersimcoe.ca/regional-housing-support-services/
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Located In Community Barrie
Address Empower Simcoe
39 Fraser Court
Barrie, ON L4N 5J5
 
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Intersection Patterson Rd and Morrow Rd
Contact Information
Primary Contact Laurie Straughan, Supports and Services Manager; Phone: 705-726-9082 ext 2239; Email: lstraughan@empowersimcoe.ca
Volunteer Coordinator Jamie Hall, Marketing and Communications Manager; Phone: 705-726-9082 ext 5280; Email: jhall@empowersimcoe.ca
Primary Executive Claudine Cousins, Chief Executive Officer; Phone: 705-726-9082
Description & Services
Description (Service) COVID-19 Response 
  • In-person support and drop-ins are not available 
  • phone support is available by phoning the Empower Simcoe intake line, 705-739-0485 and leaving a message, and a housing associate will call you back to book an appointment by phone
 
Housing Resource Centre to assist those looking for permanent housing, services include:  
  • assistance with accessing funding for utility and rent related expenses  
  • assistance with accessing funding for support services needed for individuals with a disability or mental illness who are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support  
  • landlord/tenant mediation  
  • referrals to community resources  
  • maintaining a landlord registry  
  • maintaining a housing registry of houses, townhouses, apartments, rooms and shared accommodation  
  • assistance with applications for subsidized housing which must be forwarded by client  
  • assistance with applications for Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)  
  • Member of the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness 
  • Co-sponsored by Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe County Branch and is funded by the County of Simcoe and the United Way
 
Houses to Homes 
New, one-time, short term financial assistance available to those experiencing homelessness. Eligible activities include: 
  • Renters insurance 
  • Moving costs 
  • First and last month's rent 
  • Housing set up 
  • Transportation Vouchers 
  • Utility deposits 
  • Identification and credit checks
 
Each eligible activity has a max dollar amount and may require supporting documentation where applicable. Funding is intended as a last resort. All other avenues must be exhausted to qualify. Call to apply 
 
Housing Access Workers also provide support through other agencies such as the David Busby Centre, Youth Haven, Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County and Salvation Army
Hours COVID-19 Response 
  • In-person support and drop-ins are not available 
  • phone support is available by phoning the Empower Simcoe intake line, 705-739-0485 and leaving a message, and a housing associate will call you back to book an appointment by phone
 
Regular Hours 
Office  
  • By appointment only: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
 
Outreach Locations - Drop-in 
  • David Busby Street Centre, 88 Mulcaster St, Barrie 
    • Drop-in: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:30 am-11:30 am 
    • By appointment only: Mon, Fri 1 pm-3 pm
 
  • Ontario Works Office, 136 Bayfield St, 4th Floor, Barrie 
    • Drop-in Mon, Wed 9 am-4 pm
Areas Served Barrie ; Midhurst ; Oro-Medonte ; Springwater - and surrounding areas ; See catchment map: www.empowersimcoe.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Housing-Resource-Centres-map.jpg
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
 
  • Adults 
  • Young Adults 
  • 16 yrs and up who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, low income or having a special need that affects ability to obtain or maintain adequate affordable housing
Application
  • Call to make an appointment and to get an application form 
  • Referral - social agency 
  • Referral – self 
  • Applications for heating assistance (electric or gas) are accepted from Oct-Apr
Languages English
Fees None
Other Details
Established 1991
Physical Access Fully Accessible

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